From Meditation To Powder Regimen, Eleven Techniques To Lose Weight
Know the main novelties in diets for those who want to lose (and never find) extra pounds
There is no more excuse. They spent Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Carnival. If slimming was one of your goals for the new year, the time is now. The demand in the city for professionals specialized in diet usually doubles in the first months of the year. “If in December the meetings are exhausted, in January and February we need to look for extra seats to accommodate new members,” says Carolina Menescal, marketing manager of the Vigilantes do Peso group.
The need to eliminate pounds reaches more than half of the population of São Paulo. According to estimates by the Brazilian Association of Nutrology (Abran), 53% of the residents of the capital live with excess weight and around 20% have entered into obesity, exposing health to a series of risks, such as diabetes, hypertension and heart problems. “More than 70% of the dieters focus on the aesthetic issue, not health, and this is a big mistake,” says Durval Ribas Filho, president of Abran.
Another disappointing statistic: 98% of people who face a regime regain their lost pounds a year and a half after the end of the process. Worse, much of it sees the scissor pointer shoot and hit records five years later. This is because the excess of pounds deregulates the hypothalamus, the area of the brain that commands some hormones and the appetite. “Obesity is a chronic disease, and the patient will need to take care of food for the rest of his life,” says Ribas Filho.
This is a difficult journey, but it is possible to overcome the challenge. To give a force, new philosophies of food, technologies, medicines, not to mention the innovations in the academies appear every year. That is to say: there is no miracle. “Those who follow up with a professional, practice exercises regularly and become aware of the importance of food can keep themselves physically healthy,” says Maria Edna de Melo, president of the Brazilian Association for the Study of Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome (Abeso).
Here are the main trends of the time to finally achieve your goals and keep in shape for years to come.
‘Low carb’ for life
The lean and muscular bodies of beauties like Juliana Paes, Paolla Oliveira and Sabrina Sato have put the low carb diet in the headlines in recent times. “It was the 2017 food plan and it will certainly continue to go up for a long time,” says nutritionist Fernanda Scheer, a health coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. His adepts treat him more than as a passing regime, as a style for a lifetime.
The basis is to greatly limit the consumption of carbohydrates, between 20 and 150 grams per day. A glass of orange juice with its 21.50 grams of carbohydrate, for example, can burst a goal. To compensate, the class increases the intake of good fats, such as nuts and eggs. Many people still supplement the program with intermittent fasting. Twice a week, the practitioner dines and only goes back to eating sixteen hours later at lunchtime.
“There are a number of benefits in fasting,” explains Fernanda. “For example, it reduces levels of the IGF-1 hormone, linked to premature aging, and therefore increases longevity.”
Last year, businesswomen Priscila Bernal, 38, wiped out 18 kilograms and decreased 9% of her fat thanks to low carb. “I gained more disposition and the body that I always wanted,” celebrates the mother of two children. Durval Ribas Filho, president of the Brazilian Association of Nutrology (Abran), warns: “If you have follow-up, the practice is efficient, but studies show that there is no need to reduce carbohydrate consumption to less than 50 grams per day.”
Once a month, actress Bella Carrijo, 35, visits Alto da Lapa in the office of nutritionist Vanderli Marchiori, an expert in mindful eating , a trend that preaches mindfulness at the moment of feeding. The patient checks her health through various tests and looks at the balance to see if she maintains her ideal weight (56 kilograms). Vanderli asks about the client’s emotions and, in the end, conducts a ten-minute meditation. “The consultation looks like therapy,” says Bella. ” Mindful eating focuses on the cause of eating disorders,” she explains.
The concept derives from mindfulness , created by the American scientist Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 70’s, who proposes mindfulness. Some rules: nothing to eat in front of the TV or an eye on the cell phone; a meal should last at least fifteen minutes; and the interested party needs to be aware of the nutrients in their dish. Patients are also encouraged to practice ten minutes of daily meditation at home to quench anxiety. “There is no banned food as long as consumption is balanced,” says Vanderli.
She is one of approximately twenty professionals in the city accredited by the Paulista Mindfulness Center with units in Vila Mariana and Pinheiros. The organization offers workshops for compulsive learners to maintain control. There are twenty hours of classes, which cost in the range of 1 400 reais. “There are few studies on this method, but when treating the source of the problem, it can prove effective,” analyzes Maria Edna de Melo, president of the Abeso.